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CME1021 : Thermodynamics

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Jonathan McDonough
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


Thermodynamics is the science of energy, entropy, heat, and work, and underpins the concepts used in a wide range of chemical engineering subjects like reaction engineering, transfer processes, and separation processes. The aims of this module are:
•       To introduce and develop the fundamental principles of thermodynamics
•       To apply these fundamental principles to solve a range of introductory processes and systems commonly encountered by chemical engineers

Outline Of Syllabus

The course will introduce a range of fundamental thermodynamic concepts and their relationships, such as Properties of Matter, the Fundamental Laws, Equations of State, Heat Capacity, Energy Conservation, Enthalpy, Entropy, Gibbs Energy, and Equilibrium.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00Introduction session and thermodynamics lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion101:0010:00Revision, engagement with formative online quiz and completion of end of module assessment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00Thermodynamics tutorial & problem solving classes
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study157:0057:00Preparation for lectures and tutorial classes, reading and research
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will develop the required knowledge base, and tutorial classes will enhance the understanding of this knowledge base whilst developing problem solving skills. These will be supplemented with online content where appropriate in diverse formats such as bonus lecture materials, text articles, links to videos, and discussion boards. Students will be expected to engage in independent study to enhance the subject matter delivered in the lectures and tutorial classes.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A100Closed book Written Exam
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment1MOnline quiz (NUMBAS) to be released around December (result to be used by student to aid their revision)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

CME1021 will be assessed via 1 formative and 1 summative assessment. The summative assessment will be in the form of an in-person written examination (or equivalent) and will test the ability of the students to define, explain and use the principles of thermodynamics, with opportunity to interpret the results. The assessment will be appropriate to the intended skills outcomes. The formative assessment will be in the form of an online quiz that will run prior to the winter break after the lectures/tutorial classes are finished. The results of this test will guide revision by identifying areas of strength/weakness in the thermodynamics content.

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